Local experts ready to assist Govt prevent fires


By Nation Reporter

A LEADING player in the fire safety industry, Amerex Fire Equipment Zambia, says it is ready to assist Government curb the increasing incidents of fires in Lusaka markets.

Amerex managing director Gustav Wessels said in a statement that his company had enough expertise that included a world class fire risk analyst at its disposal to make key public places in Zambia more fire-safe.

“We have taken note of the concern about the increasing incidents of fires breaking out in Lusaka markets and heeded Government’s call to partner with the private sector to arrest the worrying situation,” he said.

Major markets in Lusaka, including Kabwata and Bauleni markets, have in recent weeks been gutted by fires with property running in millions of Kwacha destroyed, prompting President Edgar Lungu to direct the provincial minister Japhen Mwakalombe to find a lasting solution to the problem.

“Our fire risk analysis and fire-safety training makes for a hugely effective engaging combination to make Zambia fire safe, and that is what global companies are doing to keep public and private areas secure from fires,” said Mr Wessels whose company has 16 years of experience in Zambia.

The company serves mining, manufacturing, aviation, hospitality and energy companies locally and internationally, and has bolstered its credentials in the fire safety industry by gaining international recognition, among them a 2014 personal commendation from Jean Todt, president of Federation International Automobile (FIA), the governing body for motor sport that ensures above safe events are conducted in all corners of the globe.

The company disclosed that as a result of its success in the industry there were unscrupulous people masquerading as members of staff or agents of Amerex Fire Equipment.

“These unscrupulous people are hijacking our reputable Amerex Fire Equipment brand, a situation that contributed to lack-lustre performances when fires breake out because of the sub-standard imitations.

“Our view is that there should be no compromise when property and irreplaceable lives are at stake. Therefore, the public must guard against imitations some unscrupulous people were pedaling,” he said.

Mr Wessels said that the company would assist Government including the globally recognized fire risk analyst at its disposal.

“This analyst is hugely regarded and seen as one of the best in Africa. So, we are in a position to immediately help Government work on what should be done to make markets and other key public places fire-safe.”

According to Mr Wessels, Amerex’s expertise and capabilities has earned it a place on the advisory technical committee to advance fire safety standards to a new level and the implementation of Zambian fire safety standards by the Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) which wants to adopt world fire safety standards.


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  1. The problem of market fires in Lusaka has been attributed to “political violence” , so to speak. The assertion by Amerex Fire Equipment Zambia Limited, that they can assist to curb the scourge is most welcome and brings a sigh of relief to marketeers.

    I suggest that, they collaborate with the Fire Service Association of Zambia, Lusaka City Council Fire Authority, Fire Services Union of Zambia and the Ministry of Local Government & Housing Fire Inspectorate.

    We need high levels of fire prevention and fire protection in our designated markets and effective Fire Marshallship.

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